A committee of seven experts has been mandated by Commissioner Carlos Moedas, who is in charge of European Research, Science and Innovation, to identify potential candidates for the next President of the European Research Council (ERC).
The committee will be chaired by Mario Monti, President of the Bocconi University in Milan, former European Commissioner and former Minister of Italy. Mr. Monti will be assisted in his task by six experts:
The next ERC President will take office on 1 January 2020, replacing the current President, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon.
The ERC, set up in 2007, results from the Seventh Framework Programme for Research. The Centre is now part of the “Excellence Science” pillar of the current Framework Programme, Horizon 2020. Its mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields.